Brewing Up A Belfast Storm

HERCULES Brewing Company has become the first craft brewery to open in Belfast for almost 160 years.
The brewery originally operated in hercules Street between 1845 and 1855 and was widely believed to be the earliest brewery in the city.
And it has been revived by international drinks industry veteran Niall McMullan, who has marked the occasion by creating a small-batch brew lager called Yardsman.
In a nod to the rich history of hercules Brewing Company, Yardsman pays homage to people who worked in the Belfast industries of linen making, ship building, distilling and brewing – people who were proud to perfect their craft.
Yardsman lager’s brewing process includes filtering locally sourced products including Irish lager malt and Belfast water through Irish linen and allowing the lager to mature for a six-week period.
McMullan, who previously worked for Allied Domecq, Diageo and Coca-Cola, said: “I’m delighted to be re-launching hercules Brewing Company, as well as introducing Yardsman lager.
“In recent years there’s been an international growing demand for craft beers and I’m proud to be the only brewery in Belfast now providing this unique offering.
“Our aim is to lead a movement in local craft beer and revive and celebrate Belfast’s heritage in brewing.”
John hood, director of food and tourism at Invest NI, who have supported the investment, said: “The new brewery will help to regenerate the industry in Belfast and is well-positioned to benefit from and contribute to the rapid growth of micro-brewing and craft beers in the UK and Ireland.”

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